|Having Fun and Getting Strong!|
Last week, quite impulsively, I decided I would try it, and GUESS WHAT?
It was fun!
In fact, it was so fun I went again, today! I am stronger than I think.
One of the things I have challenged myself to, is finding joy in being sober.
I believe that this is one of the most important things I can do to keep from drinking again.
I will be in danger if I only feel sorry for myself that I can't drink, or thinking I am missing out.
For me, joy and gratitude go hand in hand.
If I am not thankful, it is harder for me to be joyful.
I find that I must cultivate optimism. I don't always have this mind set.
Sometimes I think, "What is life really about...I only have maybe 20 years left to live."
That is scary!
So along with optimism, I try to laugh at myself.
Maybe I have more like 29 years to live, considering my mom is 92!
Helping other people in recovery is helping me find joy.
I helped a busy mom from my AA group, who had just moved, unpack boxes and fold laundry.
This one little act made a difference in my attitude that day. I was so content.
Acceptance is part of my joy.
When I accept things as they are, I am far more joyful than when I am wishing everything was different, or I was different.
I realize this is a journey. Every time I think I haven't made any progress or that I am stuck, I realize I have made changes. Good changes.
I found this website that has some good information about finding joy.
I have posted a part of the article below, but the full article is here: Alcohol Rehab
How to Find Joy in Recovery
With A Cup of Coffee,
On Day 967,
On Day 967,